Culture

World’s largest solar boat on Greek prehistoric mission around the Franchthi cave

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ATHENS (AFP).- The world’s largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser said Monday. Starting on August 11, a team of Swiss and Greek scientists will seek a “prehistoric countryside” in the southeastern Peloponnese peninsula, University of Geneva researcher Julien Beck told ... Read More »

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Pussy Riot pair sue Russia over imprisonment

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Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say their prosecutions amounted to torture. They have filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, seeking compensation. The pair are demanding 120,000 euros (£95,000) each in damages, ... Read More »

UK prime minister David Cameron calls for end to female genital mutilation, child marriages

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British prime minister David Cameron wants female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages to stop globally within a generation, starting with Britain. FGM – the partial or total removal of external female genitalia – is a tradition practised widely in many African and Muslim countries. It is often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent ... Read More »

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

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June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »

First Assyrtiko to Be Planted in the US

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The Assyrtiko grape grows well in shallow, rocky soils with little organic matter; in hot summers and cool nights, since ancient times in its homeland of Santorini. Larry and Dayle Rodenborn, the husband and wife team of Tryphon Vineyards have undertaken the risky endeavor to plant Assyrtiko at 975 meters elevation, in the mountains of the Tahoe National Forest in the US. The couple’s love ... Read More »

Corporate Medicis to the Rescue

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To Some Dismay, Italy Enlists Donors to Repair Monuments ROME — Since early July, workers have been carefully unscrewing the steel scaffolding that for months has obscured much of the ancient facade of the Colosseum. Slowly, this monolithic symbol of Rome is coming into view again after a 25 million euro ($34 million) refurbishment that underscores how Italy is coming to rely ... Read More »